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Card Market Simmers as Manziel Sees First Action

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Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

2014 Topps Chrome Black Refractor Johnny Manziel Auto 08/25 RC Pristine BGS 10
12 bids - Price: $77.06 - Watchers: 42
Item # 331457820253
2014 Panini Contenders Football Johnny Manziel Autograph SP Rookie Card
11 bids - Price: $15.55 - Watchers: 30
Item # 151557909730
Johnny Manziel Rookie Ink On Card Auto 2014 Contenders Football. Browns
20 bids - Price: $41.00 - Watchers: 24
Item # 141545816238
2014 Bowman Chrome Refractor #12 Johnny Manziel RC Rookie AUTO BGS 9.5 w/ 10
27 bids - Price: $44.56 - Watchers: 24
Item # 371237507054
2014 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS AUTO BLAKE BORTLES JOHNNY MANZIEL TEDDY BRIDGEWATER
3 bids - Price: $180.27 - Watchers: 23
Item # 181644083168
BRETT FAVRE & JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS GUNSLINGER PATCH AUTO /18
10 bids - Price: $107.50 - Watchers: 23
Item # 131408097310
2014 Panini Contenders JOHNNY MANZIEL Var 2 Printing Plate Auto Autograph 1/1
29 bids - Price: $97.66 - Watchers: 22
Item # 371241816812
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 PANINI LIMITED RC ROOKIE NFL LOGO TAG NIKE PATCH SP 1/1
8 bids - Price: $37.67 - Watchers: 22
Item # 291361970881
2014 Finest Johnny Manziel RC Auto Autograph Patch Pulsar Refractor 02/25 1/1 !
6 bids - Price: $16.50 - Watchers: 21
Item # 171654294181
2014 TOPPS INCEPTION JOHNNY MANZIEL RC AUTO PATCH 9/10 !!!!
9 bids - Price: $117.50 - Watchers: 20
Item # 121545225110
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 Bowman Chrome RC Autograph On Card Auto BLUE #/99 BGS 9.5
11 bids - Price: $71.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 301496131277
JOHNNY MANZIEL BROWNS 2014 PANINI ELITE BLUE RC ON CARD AUTOGRAPH AUTO TEXAS A&M
10 bids - Price: $37.20 - Watchers: 17
Item # 391034234764
2014 Panini FLAWLESS Johnny Manziel RPA RC Rookie Patch AUTO 19/25 Browns
19 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 371241665315
JOHNNY MANZIEL BROWNS 2014 UPPER DECK CONFERENCE SSP RC AUTOGRAPH AUTO TEXAS A&M
4 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 171650535922
2014 Topps Tall Boy & Panini Totally Certified Johnny Manziel Auto/Patch Lot $$$
4 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 151561187274
JOHNNY MANZIEL BROWNS 2014 VALOR COURAGE AUTOGRAPH PATCH #/75 AUTO REDEMPTION
10 bids - Price: $31.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 321645373874
2014 Topps Prime Johnny Manziel Rookie Auto Patch Booklet 10/15! Amazing!
9 bids - Price: $89.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 261743488605
2014 Topps Triple Threads Johnny Manziel Sammy Watkins Dual Auto Book /27
7 bids - Price: $59.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 391035044827
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